Health Applicant Exam

HESI A2 Exam


HESI Exam Information

HESI A2 stands for the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admissions Assessment. HESI serves as the entrance exam for COTC health related programs. Please allow at least four hours for the exam. 

Students are allowed unlimited retakes, but only the most recent score will be taken into consideration. There is no mandatory wait time between attempts. Scores remain valid for one year. Scores are due by the application deadline for your program of interest. 

You MUST arrive 30 minutes early. Applicants who do not arrive at least 30 minutes early may not be able to test. You MUST bring a non-expired photo ID (student, driver’s license, etc). Testing will not be allowed without one. 

Sections on the HESI A2 Exam

Basic Math Skills

You will be tested on topics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on whole numbers, fractions, percentages, and decimals. You will also be tested on converting decimals to fractions as well as fractions to decimals and ratios and proportions. There will also be questions on general math skills, such as balancing a checkbook, understanding common measurement units, and being able to read a medicine bottle label for the correct dosage.


This section will test your knowledge of cells. This includes topics related to cells such as: cell theory, cell structure, cell composition, organelles, DNA, RNA, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and cellular functions such as cellular respiration. You will also need to understand photosynthesis.


This section will test your knowledge on topics such as matter, the structure of atoms, the states of water and other elements, the periodic table, as well as some chemical reactions. 

Reading Comprehension

This section will test your ability to read and understand written text. You will be tested to see if you can figure out what the author’s main idea is. You will also be asked to identify what category a written piece is from including narrative, technical, persuasive and others. 

Vocabulary & General Knowledge

This section will test how large of a vocabulary you have as well as your ability to determine the meaning of words through context/knowledge of words’ roots. The vocabulary section will use both medical and non-medical terminology. 

COTC HESI Testing Locations

HESI A2 exams will only be available in-person. You can take the HESI at any COTC campus.


Lori LeVeque
Hopewell Hall 88


Joan Webb
Pataskala Campus 161


Jackie Farmer
Montgomery Hall 119


Rachael Bailey
Ariel Hall 115

Taking the HESI A2 at Other Locations

If you have taken the HESI A2 exam at another institution, you may send the scores to COTC as long as they meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be administered in person. No remote exams will be accepted.
  2. The test must have exactly the same subjects our HESI A2 covers — no more, no less. That is:
    1. Reading Comprehension
    2. Vocabulary & General Knowledge
    3. Basic Math Skills
    4. Biology
    5. Chemistry
  3. The score transcript must be ordered from HESI and sent directly to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.eduto be verified. Additional fees will apply.

How to Register

Below is a step-by-step walkthrough showing how to register and pay for your HESI A2 Exam.

You can also watch video walkthrough showing you how to register.
You can also watch a video walkthrough showing you how to pay. 

Scheduling Your Exam

  • To see current seat availability, please click here.

    • Seat availability is updated periodically; most recent update can be found in the document.
  • Click the following button to be taken to RegisterBlast

Register Blast - Schedule Online

  • Select “HESI A2″ from the “Choose a Group” menu
    • Please make sure you select the correct campus that you wish to test at
  • Select “HESI A2″ from the “Choose an Exam” menu
  • Select one of the available dates/times from the posted HESI A2 Exam Exam dates
  • Please enter and verify your name, phone number and COTC email address
  • (Optional) Check the box if you would like updates texted to your cell phone
  • Carefully read the Exam Guideline Acknowledgement and check the box
  • (Optional) Add any additional information in the “Needed Information” box
  • Click “Add to Cart”
  • You will be taken to a new screen. Click Complete Registration. You will receive a confirmation email.
Canceling your appointment

If you are unable to keep your HESI appointment, please cancel it via the link in your RegisterBlast confirmation email or by calling the Testing Center at 740.366.9193. Students that do not cancel their HESI appointment are subject to a no-show/rescheduling fee of $15.

*Please note that scheduling your test does not mean that you can take the HESI A2 Exam. You MUST complete the following two sections as well.*

Create an Evolve Account and Login

  • Create an account using your information

  • You will be given a username; you will need this username during your test date

Pay for the Exam

  • Under the box that says HESI Secured Exams, click on the link Register for Results and Remediation

  • Click on the blue “Register” button

  • Click on the “Proceed to Checkout/ Redeem” button; do not change what is in the “Promotion Code” box

  • Ensure your information is correct and select COTC as your institution; click on the “Continue” button

  • Click on the “Submit” button

  • Click on the “My Evolve” button in the top right of the screen

  • Click the “HESI Assessment Student Access” button

  • Read through the terms and conditions; click the “I Agree” button

  • Click on the “Payments” button in the top left

  • Enter your Payment ID
    • If this is your first time taking the test between June 2–Oct. 10, then you will use: 27689
    • If this is your second time taking the test between June 2–Oct. 10, then you will use: 27690
    • If this is your third time taking the test between June 2–Oct. 10, please contact the Testing Center at 740.366.9193.
  • Click the “Search” button

  • Input your payment information; click on the “Proceed to Checkout” button to finish
    • Your Evolve/HESI profile and payment must match your photo ID (first and last name)
    • Please disregard the “Payment Due By” date; payments are due 48 hours before your exam, not the date listed

Upcoming HESI Testing Dates

When deciding a test date, it is important to allow yourself time to re-test if needed. Waiting too long to schedule a test may result in only having one opportunity to take the HESI A2. HESI testing happens year-round. New dates are posted approximately two months before a health program application deadline. 




Friday, May 31

This date is open only to applicants with a June 1 deadline.

1 p.m.
Friday, June 7 1 p.m.
Friday, June 14 9 a.m.
Friday, June 21 1 p.m.
Friday, June 28 9 a.m.
Friday, July 12 1 p.m.
Friday, July 19 9 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 2 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 1 p.m.


Additional dates will be added in mid-June. 


Additional dates will be added in mid-June. 


Additional dates will be added in mid-June. 

Testers with Accommodations 

Students requiring disability accommodations should contact the Testing Center Coordinator for further instructions on scheduling.  Students who wish to utilize disability accommodations must have already met with the Office for Disability Services.  If you have testing accommodations through the Office for Disability Services, you must contact the Testing Center before you schedule your HESI A2 exam to be sure that the necessary accommodations can be provided on the day you plan to take your test.  Failure to contact the Testing Coordinator ahead of time will result in testing accommodations not being available on the day of the test.

Study Materials

Getting a good score on your HESI test will increase the odds of you getting into your health program. Reading study material and taking practice tests can help you score highly on your test. 

COTC Library - HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review
COTC Barnes & Noble Bookstore – Admission Assessment Examination Review
Evolve Store – Admission Assessment Exam Review 5th Edition
Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – HESI A2 Practice Exams